High School: High Tech High Chula Vista
College: San Diego State University
Cristina’s radiance is undeniable. Her caring and bright character is rivaled only by the acute mindfulness with which she approaches the world. Driven by the interwoven stories of global humanity, Cristina strives to increase recognition that by utilizing resources, each individual holds the key to transformation. Her Gold Award epitomized her understanding of the intricate way in which ordinary tasks have ripple effects. Exploring the mental health repercussions of social media on adolescent girls, she created an intensive curriculum, culminating in a 12-hour media-free lock-in, providing education on the brain and inviting girls to be attentive to their own activities. The appreciation of indirect connections that comes from Cristina’s integrative mind is infused throughout all aspects of her life. Cristina’s unique ability to raise awareness and build bridges will ensure her continued changemaking as she moves through San Diego State University into the path of nursing.